Imperial Bathrooms has promoted James Stevenson, former Export Director, to the position of Joint Managing Director; a role he will share with newly appointed associate, John Kitchiner.

In July 2020, Bedfordshire-based investment holding company Lousada Plc acquired Imperial Bathrooms, which will allow investment in developing its British manufacturing facilities and its Ceramic and Wood Divisions.

Simon Lousada, new owner of Imperial Bathrooms, said: “I am pleased to be able to affect change and refocus the company’s efforts on progressive design and being a leading influence within the UK bathroom industry.

“We also want to strengthen our share in exports, identifying new revenue streams on both a national and international level. It is important for Imperial Bathrooms to remain true to its British ownership and company values, which I hope, will reinforce our presence as a must-have bathroom designer and manufacturer.”

Commenting on his appointment, Stevenson said: “I am delighted to come together with John in the new role of Managing Director, as we share the same brand values and vision to shape the company’s future in pursuit of continued growth.

“Crucially, we want to work together to improve productivity, driving our British-made bathroom products to the UK homeowner in a proactive manner.”

Imperial Bathrooms welcomed John Kitchiner as Joint Managing Director this July. He brings over 30 years of operations management experience to the company. Kitchiner is a recognised business leader with a proven history of adding value and growth owing to his career in strategic budgeting, operational improvement, business planning, project management and directorial expertise.

He explained, “I am thrilled to be joining Imperial Bathrooms for many reasons, none less so than the company is an industry institution with formidable reputation.

“My aim is to direct and oversee the predicted growth that lies ahead, as I feel certain that the fallout from COVID-19 combined with Brexit at the end of the year, will offer huge potential for true British manufacturers like Imperial Bathrooms.”

Stevenson added: “The recent organisational restructure is a great example of our continued development and renewed vision, which focuses on nurturing our rich brand history founded on quality product design, so we can engage the next generation of Imperial customers.”